Tottenham will be looking to bounce back from a heavy home defeat by West Ham before the international break, but face a tricky visit to mid-table Aston Villa.
Paul Lambert’s side last home game was their impressive victory over Manchester City, and will hope to maintain their current unbeaten run of three. With victory, Tottenham could leap-frog their biggest rivals Arsenal into the top spot, and will no doubt be taking heart from their League Cup rout at Villa Park last month. Tottenham manager Andres Villas-Boas will certainly hope that star Andros Townsend can continue his impressive form that he showed with England, whilst the Villans are hoping to welcome back star striker Christian Benteke from injury, after being an unused substitute in Belgium’s draw against Wales.
KICK OFF: Sunday, 4pm.
Aston Villa 0 Tottenham Hotspur 4 (Defoe x2, Paulinho, Chadli), Capital One Cup, September 2013
Aston Villa 0 Tottenham Hotspur 4 (Defoe, Bale x3), Barclays Premier League, December 2012
Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Caulker, Lennon) Aston Villa 0, Barclays Premier League, October 2012
Aston Villa 1 (Clark) Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Adebayor), Barclays Premier League, May 2012
Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Adebayor x2) Aston Villa 0, Barclays Premier League,
In their last 10 meetings, Tottenham Hotspur has won 7 and the other 3 have been played out as draws.
Aston Villa haven’t beaten Tottenham in any competition since a 2-1 victory in the League, at White Hart Lane in September 2008.
Their last two meetings at Villa Park have resulted in 4-0 wins for Tottenham Hotspur.
Christian Benteke is Villa’s leading goal scorer this season, with 4 goals already in the League. Every other Villa scorer this season – 6 different scorers – all only have the one goal.
Aston Villa to win: 4.1
Tottenham Hotspur to win: 2.04
TV: Live on Sky Sports 1, 4pm. Select highlights on Match of the Day 2, 10:25pm on BBC1.
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